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Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

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Jesus Christ made seven final statements during his last hours on the cross. These phrases are held dear by followers of Christ because they offer a glimpse into the depth of his suffering to accomplish redemption. Recorded in the Gospels between the time of his crucifixion and his death, they reveal his divinity as well as his humanity. As much as possible, given the approximate sequence of events as portrayed in the Gospels, these seven last words of Jesus are presented here in chronological order.

1) Jesus Speaks to the Father

Luke 23:34
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (NIV)

In the midst of his excruciating suffering, the heart of Jesus was focused on others rather than himself. Here we see the nature of his love—unconditional and divine.

2) Jesus Speaks to the Criminal on the Cross

Luke 23:43
“I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (NIV)

One of the criminals who was crucified with Christ, had recognized who Jesus was and expressed faith in him as Savior. Here we see grace poured out through faith, as Jesus assured the dying man of his forgiveness and eternal salvation.

3) Jesus Speaks to Mary and John

John 19:26-27
When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” (NIV)

Jesus, looking down from the cross, was still filled with the concerns of a son for the earthly needs of his mother. None of his brothers were there to care for her, so he gave this task to the Apostle John. Here we clearly see Christ’s humanity.

4) Jesus Cries Out to the Father

Matthew 27:46 (also Mark 15:34)
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (NKJV)

In the darkest hours of his suffering, Jesus cried out the opening words of Psalm 22. And although much has been suggested regarding the meaning of this phrase, it was quite apparent the agony Christ felt as he expressed separation from God. Here we see the Father turning way from the Son as Jesus bore the full weight of our sin.

5) Jesus is Thirsty

John 19:28
Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, “I am thirsty.” (NLT)

Jesus refused the initial drink of vinegar, gall and myrrh (Matthew 27:34 and Mark 15:23) offered to alleviate his suffering. But here, several hours later, we see Jesus fulfilling the messianic prophecy found in Psalm 69:21.

6) It is Finished

John 19:30
… he said, “It is finished!” (NLT)

Jesus knew he was suffering the crucifixion for a purpose. Earlier he had said in John 10:18 of his life, “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (NIV) These three words were packed with meaning, for what was finished here was not only Christ’s earthly life, not only his suffering and dying, not only the payment for sin and the redemption of the world—but the very reason and purpose he came to earth was finished. His final act of obedience was complete. The Scriptures had been fulfilled.

7) Jesus’ Last Words

Luke 23:46
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. (NIV)

Here Jesus closes with the words of Psalm 31:5, speaking to the Father. We see his complete trust in the Father. Jesus entered death in the same way he lived each day of his life, offering up his life as the perfect sacrifice and placing himself in God’s hands.

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Abortion: Nothing Is Sacred, Not Even Grandmothers

Monday, March 18th, 2013

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I’m a grandmother too and I can only imagine what was going through her mind when Rae Stabosz was attacked by a woman while filming a botched abortion incident.

The abortion industry will go to any lengths to keep the public from learning the truth about what really happens behind the doors of the abortion killing centers. There are times when the babies are not the only ones that are hurt by these “doctors.” And it happens more often that you think.

If any other business had this track records with hurting women, they would be shut down in a heartbeat. It makes you wonder how they get away with it.

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Date Set for 20th Annual National Memorial for the Preborn

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 26, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Interdenominational prayer service will be on Jan. 22, 2014.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Priests for Life and the National Prolife Religious Council announced today that the 20th annual Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 8:30 to 10:30am in DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC.

Mass will be offered at the same location at 7:30 a.m.

The annual March for Life will take place later that day.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said: “Once again, this event will be the premier national prayer service marking the commemoration of Roe v. Wade. On behalf of all the sponsoring organizations, I urge churches and groups coming to Washington to plan their schedule in such a way as to allow them to attend this inspiring event.”

A DVD of Fr. Frank’s sermon from this year’s service is now available at http://www.priestsforlife.org/store/p-342-2013-national-prayer-service-homily.aspx

The sponsoring groups of the prayer service are the National Pro-Life Religious Council, the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries.

For information, see NationalPrayerService.com.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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And A Little Child Will Lead Them

Monday, February 4th, 2013

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The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together;
and a little child will lead them. Isaiah 11:6

On the road in Eugene Oregon with Students for Life groups at Marist Catholic High School and University of Oregon. Prayed with local 40 Days for Life Group at new PPH facility. We could tell that the PPH staff were surprised to see so many young people leading the prayers.

A reporter asked why we feel that we are winning, and the answer is so clear. God is on our side and His mighty young warriors are marching on!

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OPEN LETTER TO PASTORS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS

Monday, January 28th, 2013

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Challenge the NAACP and other leaders who are betraying the Black Community

CALL FOR A NATIONAL YEAR OF REPENTANCE, REMEMBERING, RECALLING, RETURNING, REVIVAL, RESTORING AND REFORMING!

“IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME (GOD) WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS AND SEEK MY FACE, THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN AND FORGIVE THEIR SINS AND HEAL THEIR LAND.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Calling all churches and community activists to protest the leadership of the National NAACP and other community leaders including the CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, and THE ADMINISTRATION for failure to represent the health and wellbeing of the Black community.

This year people of God in churches and community groups will be praying and fasting regarding sin based issues ranging from abortion, traditional marriage, destruction of the black family and the extraordinarily high incarceration rate of black men.

Too many are silent in the face of betrayal and loss. Some are IN BED WITH big money organizations and corporations whose aim is to NEGATIVELY impact the physical and spiritual health of Black America, including the PUSHING of alcohol, cigarettes, dangerous pharmaceuticals, abortion, etc. They have FAILED to address high unemployment in Black America, the high rate of incarceration of Black males, the high school dropouts, the extraordinarily high number and rate of abortions in the Black community, and the lack of marriage among mothers and fathers.

People in high seats of authority know the truth and are refusing to act on it.  They are supporting:

 

  • The racist agenda of Planned Parenthood
  • The reproductive genocide of over 20 million Black children
  • The violation of the civil rights of children in the womb
  • The dismantling of Holy Matrimony
  • The promotion of homosexual  marriage
  • They know that Black Women are dying from abortions and

Harmful DEPO (Depo- Provera) shots and are doing NOTHING ABOUT IT.

THEY ARE PROMOTING A FALSE GOSPEL WHICH IS DEADLY TO THE BLACK COMMUNITY AND TO OUR NATION AS A WHOLE. LET US RETURN TO BEING “ONE NATION UNDER GOD, BROTHERS AND SISTERS UNITED IN THE HUMAN RACE, TO ADVANCE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, AND TO EMBARCE HUMANITY IN AGAPE LOVE, REPENTANCE, FORGIVENESS AND HUMILITY.

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National Prayer Service to Welcome Key Religious Leaders

Friday, January 18th, 2013

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January 18, 2013
Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fr. Frank Pavone, in his role as President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, announced today that at the National Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers, the premier national prayer event marking 40 years since Roe vs. Wade, the Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church will be in attendance.

“Archbishop Craig Bates has been a strong advocate for the unborn for many years,” said Fr. Pavone. “The priests who serve in the Charismatic Episcopal Church, moreover, have consistently spoken up with clarity and courage against the scourge of abortion. We are grateful for their witness and honored by their commitment to join us in the National Prayer Service.”

Also attending will be Dr. Robert H. Turrill, President and CEO of the Evangelical Church Alliance, which is one of America’s oldest associations of independent evangelical pastors, chaplains, missionaries, and ministry leaders.

“As the sanctity of life is a paramount issue for all Americans including the pre-born, if a citizen does not have a right to life, all other rights are meaningless,” Dr Turrill explained.

Speaking of the service, Dr. Turrill added, “I will be attending the pro-life prayer service Friday morning, January 25, sponsored by the organizers of the National Memorial for the Pre-born and Their Mothers and Fathers, and encourage my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to do the same.”

Of the role of evangelicals in the pro-life struggle, Fr. Pavone stated, “The pro-life cause would be far behind where it is now if it were not for the tireless commitment of our evangelical brothers and sisters. We are all honored by Dr. Turrill’s participation in this momentous service on January 25.”

Also attending will be a dozen bishops of the Anglican Church from across America, and many other religious leaders from denominations large and small.

The organizing committee of the service includes Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, Church of Christ, Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, Charismatic Episcopal Church, Anglicans, and Catholics.

“All in all, we expect clergy and attendees from denominations of every letter of the alphabet,” Fr. Pavone said.

The motivation behind all that is happening on this day was summarized by the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, who stated, “The right to life is at the foundation of human existence. Life and death belong to God, not government. Christians must come together in defense of life, speaking out as our consciences and religious principles dictate. This is our duty before God and our right as citizens of this land. This freedom must be preserved. ‘We must obey God, rather than men.’ (Acts 5:29)”

The service will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 am at DAR Constitution Hall 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St), Washington DC. For Catholics who wish to attend mass first, there will be a mass at the same location at 7:30am.

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The Power of Knowing

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

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During his lifetime, Oswald Chambers spoke of “the power of knowing.” It’s funny what things we as humans want to know, what things we take for granted and what we don’t attempt to discover. The power of knowing that God loves us and wants what is best for us is part of the most powerful “knowing” we can achieve.

This year, yours truly will be focusing on the human heart rather than the human intellect. Seeking Divine answers to how to end abortion for example – if the hearts of fathers and mothers are changed, won’t an end to abortion follow?

Every day, I try really hard to seek the “heart of God,” to discover as much as is possible for me to comprehend, God’s thoughts, God’s ways. The best place for this “seeking” of course is the Bible. The next layer of resource comes from personal meditation and reading meditation books by others. Father Frank’s Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day is part of my “spiritual diet.” I read MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST and more recently the HEAVEN CALLING devotionals. Also, books by my friend Anthony DeStefano on subjects like Heaven and Prayer are insightful.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my own book titles. By the way, look for a new book this year!

I’m reading the Book of Genesis this month, and understanding that all of the problems we are facing today – abortion, homosexual lifestyles, violence, avarice, sickness and everything else under the sun – all came after Satan’s dark interception with our forbearers, Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve tried to hide from God after the tricks from Satan took hold of their souls. Sickness and sin came to us by Adam’s fall. Life and forgiveness came to us by the Second Adam, Jesus. Glory to God!

God is Love. Love calls to us from the Light of Heaven. Love calls through the darkness, into the light! Love brings everything out in the open. Love makes provision for us and for the generations to come so that we will never have to hide from God again. So I say OUT OF THE CLOSET – OUT IN THE OPEN – with everything! Then, let’s be open to Jesus so that abortion can end, so that God’s purpose for natural Life, Marriage and Family will shine through!

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Jesus Is the Reason for the Season

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Sandy Hook CrossIn our darkest moments shines the light divine. As we consider the back-to-back tragedies of Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook massacre, we must remember this Christmas season that there are hundreds of people who have lost not only their homes and material resources, but also their loved ones.

One of the most poignant losses of this season came as the face of evil descended on the little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our emotions have been overwrought and we are left trying to understand what happened.

For me, as a fifth generation minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the first thing I did was to pray for the children, staff, teachers and their families. The second thing I did was recognize that the teachers and children of Sandy Hook weren’t able to pray as a matter of policy — even as their very lives were threatened.

That’s been the case since prayer was banned from public schools back in 1963. I imagined how the students and teachers must have been huddled together, frightened and trembling, and not able to call on the name of Jesus without breaking the rules.

As I considered those little school children huddling and hoping to live, I also couldn’t help but think of the unborn babies trembling in the wombs of their mothers as abortionists take away their chance at life.

At the same time that our children were under attack in Sandy Hook, there were also little kindergarten children being stabbed to death in China. Oh my. This would seem hopeless if we couldn’t have the blessed promise of Jesus, especially in this season.

Please bear with me as I recall that even the joyous birth of Jesus was surrounded by spiritual forces that caused hundreds of little Hebrew baby boys to be slaughtered as the king tried to prevent the birth of a savior.

Similar shifts occurred during the time of the birth of Moses, the Old Testament prophet who told pharaoh that God said: “Let my people go.”

I can’t help wonder what would happen if we would lift up our eyes to the hills where our help comes from these days? I know that we must be sensitive and prayerful, yet we can still have hope, and must not feel guilty for being able to thank God for Jesus by singing a sweet Christmas Carol or two this Christmas day.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t shed tears for those who lost so much. Yet, as we pray in the midst of all of the horrors around us, let us also remember that God is still supreme.

In the words of my dearly departed grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., let us “thank God for what we have left.” Let us be grateful for his love. Let us continue to pray, according to 2 Chronicles 7:14.

We can all take heart that humanity is still filled with stories of love, compassion, and triumph. Maybe we should turn off the gun control debates which will distract us from the real reason for this season.

Instead of focusing on banning guns, why can’t our government officials work to put prayer back in schools? Such an act of compassion would surely be a comfort and could even make the world a better place.

Who can argue that a reasonable firearms policy that protects the mentally challenged, their families and the broader communities wouldn’t be a good idea? We should have come to this conclusion long before the Sandy Hook tragedy.

It is commendable that the cry for help is finally being heard. But there is still a need to bring love and peace back into the media rather than the gratuitous violence and promiscuous sex that floods our airwaves and permeates the living rooms and family rooms of our homes, consuming the minds and souls of our children.

How many boxes and cartons of violent, anti-family DVDs, video games, software, CDs and other similar media are already gift wrapped and ready to burst into the lives of our children on Christmas day?

I can only pray that agape love will prevail over the material, mercenary clouds that threaten to rain on our peace.

And remember: Don’t leave Jesus out of the season, because he’s the reason for the season.

P. S. Join Day Gardner and yours truly to take back Christmas at The Vision. And try some holiday cooking tips from my kitchen.

Merry Christmas!
For unto us a son is given, for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son Jesus!

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Priests for Life Announces New Prayer Initiative: Prayer of the Sick for the Protection of the Unborn

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

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In preparation for the World Day of the Sick, which is observed by the Catholic Church on February 11 each year, Priests for Life has announced today a prayer campaign by which those who are ill offer their sufferings for the unborn.

Priests for Life has composed a new prayer in English and Spanish that gives those suffering from physical illness an opportunity to pray that the unborn will be valued and protected, and that the violence of abortion will come to an end. A Prayer of Offering by the Sick for the Unborn, written by Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, can be found at www.priestsforlife.org/novenas/offer-suffering-for-unborn.aspx

“We invite priests and those who minister to the sick to share this powerful prayer with those they care for,” said Father Pavone. “Although the sick and those who are homebound are carrying the burden of their own illnesses, they are still active and necessary members of the Body of Christ and their prayers for their vulnerable brothers and sisters in the womb will have a special resonance.”

“We are asking our Priests for Life family, and especially the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, to spread this initiative starting today, among their relatives, friends, and parishioners, and also to those with whom they are connected online. Those who commit to say this prayer are asked to indicate that commitment on the prayer form at www.priestsforlife.org/novenas/offer-suffering-for-unborn.aspx. It is especially appropriate that we launch this campaign so close to Christmas, the Feast of the Incarnation, when we remember that God has immersed himself in our humanity and joined himself to our joys as well as our sufferings,” Fr. Pavone stated.

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Host Committee Announced for National Prayer Service

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 21, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
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Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today the formation of a Host Committee for the National Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers, to be held on Friday, January 25, 2013 in Washington, D.C. in observance of the 40th year since Roe vs. Wade.

“I am grateful to these friends and colleagues of mine who are joining our organizers and sponsoring organizations in inviting activists, pastors and their congregations from around the country to come together in prayer and worship on this momentous occasion,” Fr. Pavone stated. “We want to have one of the largest expressions ever of communal repentance and fervent intercession for an end to abortion in our nation.”

Serving on the committee are:

Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council

Dick and Shirley Bott
Bott Radio Network

Rich Bott
President and CEO, Bott Radio Network

Bishop Harry Jackson
Founder and Chairman, High Impact Leadership Coalition

Alveda King
Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life

Brad Mattes
Executive Director, Life Issues Institute

The prayer service is sponsored by The National Pro-Life Religious Council, The National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action and Priests for Life.

It will be held at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St) on the morning of Friday, January 25, 2013 (the day of the Annual March for Life), from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

For more details, a publicity flier, and a newsletter/pulpit announcement, see www.NationalPrayerService.com

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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